In my campaign to sow shock and horror amongÂ an innocent and unsuspecting readership, I offer yet another factoid on Islam and the way of death.
Do you remember the war between Iran and Iraq? Back in the 80s?
Yes, I’m that old. One day, you will be too.
Anyway, the IraqisÂ had superior weapons, but the Iranians had better moral and a larger population. Of course that meant that the Iranians threw a lot of infantry at modern tanks. The casualties were horrific, but that’s not my point.
When you have a large population, not everyone can be a soldier. If you are too young, or too old, you don’t have the strength or the endurance to do the job (i.e., throwing yourself at a tank).
So, what do you do with those who are too young or too old?
Well, they are great for mine clearance.
That’s right. When the Iranian army wanted to send soldiers through a certain area that was full of mines, they sent in the too young and the too old to make a path that was clear of mines. And, how did they deactivate these mines?
By stepping on them.